It's more of a diplomatic "charm" offensive than Felipe Calderon's and Vicente Fox's F-bomb-laden tirades, but the underlying message to Donald Trump is essentially the same: "We're not paying for your f'ing wall":
Mexico's government is planning a diplomatic push to counter aggressive rhetoric against its nationals in the U.S. election race, a senior official said on Tuesday, after calls by Donald Trump for a massive[, Mexican-financed] wall to divide the two nations.
Republican presidential candidates Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz have also proposed building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, but it is Trump who has taken the hardest line against the United States' southern neighbor.
The "Republican" front-runner has labeled Mexican migrants as drug runners and rapists, proposed mass deportations of [illegal alien]s and said Mexico is "killing" the United States with cheap labor.
Francisco Guzman, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto's chief of staff, on Tuesday said it was time for the government to push back against these negative images.
Mexico plans to use its extensive network of U.S. consulates to highlight the benefits of U.S.-Mexican relations to the U.S. economy and the American people, Guzman said.
The initiative will include forums with U.S. business people, politicians and public figures to get Mexico's opinions heard.
U.S. business people like....Donald Trump. Which is why I am convinced that he doesn't mean a single syllable about anything he's ever said about illegal immigration in this campaign. It's utter and complete bulltwaddle. He never said it before last June 16th - Remember his open borders-esque denunciations of Mitt Romney after the '12 election? - and once he has the GOP nomination in hand he will never talk about it again. And if he actually succeeds in reaching the White House, he will become the biggest advocate and champion of "comprehensive immigration reform" that you've ever seen.
It's the core of his con job. And Trumplicans are his eternally skinnable rubes.
Or, as my dear old dad likes to say, "You're gonna find out". And when you do, I will be there, "I TOLD YOU SO!"s waiting on the launching pad.